In many ways, a Boca Raton DUI accident is just like any other Florida car accident. Your Boca Raton injury attorney must set up your claim, investigate your accident, obtain your medical records and other evidence that supports your claim, and deal with your insurance company. But there are important differences.
In 2010, 794 people lost their lives in Florida DUI accidents; that's about one-third of Florida accident deaths! Each life that was lost could have been saved, and each injury could have been prevented if only the intoxicated driver didn't get behind a wheel.
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Florida, you may be very angry. You drove safely, but someone else behaved recklessly, broke the law, and caused you harm. It's just not right. The law agrees.
One major way that DUI accidents are different than other accidents is in the damages that can be awarded. Florida law allows victims of Boca Raton drunk driving accidents to seek punitive damages in cases where a driver shows a reckless disregard for the law and the safety of others. Punitive damages are legal damages or payment that serves only one purpose: to discourage and punish wrongful behavior.
Every Florida car accident victim has the right to seek compensation for medical bills, medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Those damages are known as compensatory damages. In a Florida DUI case, the victim is eligible for both compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Your Boca Raton accident lawyer will also monitor the other driver's criminal case. In order to help you get the maximum compensation for your claim, your attorney will need to know the other driver's BAC, the laws that were broken, whether the drunk driver pled guilty or was found guilty by the court, and whether the driver had a history of drunk or reckless driving.
Your attorney may also research the driver's activities before and after the crash. Was the driver obviously intoxicated when he left the bar that served him drinks? Was he a habitual drinker? Has the driver joined a sobriety program or is he still drinking and driving? Knowing the answers to these questions can help give support to your Florida injury claim.
Would you like to discuss your accident with a Boca Raton accident injury lawyer? Contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525 and ask to schedule a free consultation.
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